Richardson takes Mahanama’s seat as ICC referee

Richie RichardsonFormer West Indies captain Richie Richardson has been appointed to the Elite Panel of ICC match referees in place of Sri Lanka’s Roshan Mahanama, who stepped down last week, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Monday.

Richardson will take over the match referee’s role after he has finished his current assignment as the West Indies cricket team manager, which will end with the Sydney Test against Australia starting on January 3 2016.

“I am excited and honoured to have been selected for one of the most important jobs in cricket,” he said following his appointment.

“Having been on either side of the fence, first as a player and then as an administrator, I think I have the experience and insight to help me contribute positively alongside some of the finest and most experienced match officials.
Obviously, I look forward to working and learning from my colleagues as we all continue to strive for excellence,” he said in a statement.

“Until the end of the Australia tour, I will remain fully committed and focused on my current assignment as the West Indies cricket team manager and I would like to thank the West Indies Cricket Board for its support over years as well as the encouragement it provided to me in taking up this new role.

Fifty-three-year-old Richardson represented the West Indies in 86 Testsand 224 One-Day Internationals from 1983 to 1996 in which he scored 5,949 and 6,248 runs, respectively.

He captained his side in 24 Tests and 87 ODIs. He played in the ICC Cricket World Cup in 1987, 1992 and 1996. (Courtesy